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Old 03-06-2011, 03:07 PM   #1
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A Chinese 150cc Scooter Saga

Well we pulled the trigger on a 150cc scooter for one of my friends. The truck showed up 4 days later.


Out came the crate.


I have never bought a crated bike before so this was a first for me.


It took about 45 minutes to get it out of there without damaging anything.


Front view.

Rear view.


I now have 4 break in miles on it. It is a 2008 leftover from a large manufacturer that ends up selling these under various labels. It has decent power and is pretty light in weight. The price was $888 shipped with a 6 month warranty. Insurance should be $100 per year.
I am neither endorsing nor condemning Chinese bikes at this point. Curiosity got the best of me and I wanted to see how these things hold up.
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Old 03-06-2011, 03:20 PM   #2
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Old 03-06-2011, 03:25 PM   #3
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This will be interesting, well see! If your a good luck kinda guy it is possible for it to hold up for a while. But if your not [like me] it will fail in a few days or weeks.

$888 shipped for a 150 is real cheap. Its not that much so well see about it! Keep us updated!
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Old 03-06-2011, 03:34 PM   #4
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Do replace the fuel line and fuel filter pretty quick, it will start leaking.
I sold mine with about 1200 miles on it, had to put a clutch in it, was $60 on the internet. I removed the aluminum sheeting on the floorboard, really worthless, the rubber underneath is much nicer to ride your boots on. I put a $70 aftermarket Harley windshield on it, homemade brackets. I also cut and removed the outer muffler cover, it started vibrating on the muffler and was driving me crazy, just painted it with some barbecue paint.
One thing: DO NOT use the quick release mounting for the tail box. The plastic tongue broke on mine and the box went tumbling on a ride to the store. Just bolt the box directly to the rack.
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Old 03-06-2011, 03:40 PM   #5
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Thanks for the head up on that stuff.
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Old 03-06-2011, 03:46 PM   #6
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Go over the bike really well. replace fuel lines and filter. Change oil. get the Chinese oil out of there. Put in a good NGK spark plug. Flush out the fuel tank and carb. Check bolts/nuts for tightness. Check electrical connections, many problems there. Keep fingers crossed.

Maybe scooter love you long time, be number 1..make you, whole family happy.

I learned my lesson on Chinese scooters. never again.
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Old 03-06-2011, 04:09 PM   #7
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I've been SO tempted to do the same. Keep us posted on what you find and how things go.
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Old 03-06-2011, 04:31 PM   #8
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I dig these leap of faith chinese bike experiments! good luck. keep us posted with how it goes
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Old 03-06-2011, 05:54 PM   #9
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found this vid review by someone. looks like a very similar scoot. have a looksy :)

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Old 03-06-2011, 06:44 PM   #10
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Maybe scooter love you long time, be number 1..make you, whole family happy.


I don't think I can send 300 lbs of sand from China to my house for $888.
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Old 03-06-2011, 06:51 PM   #11
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found this vid review by someone. looks like a very similar scoot. have a looksy :)

Nice video.
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Old 03-06-2011, 07:32 PM   #12
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Oh, another potential issue I just though of on those. I notice it has the FAKE ABS, as he showed in the video. I don't know how bad the case is with this scooter, he didn't seem to mind it. But I will tell you, it sucks.

If it is a bad case, you will likely need to take the restricter off. It may require some drilling and fitting to get the brake line to fit without it though. What it is is that little brass colored tubish thing that the brake line goes into. This restricts brake fluid, which means less power. It does not just release a slight amount of pressor to the wheel to prevent it from completely locking up, it just takes away braking power under hard braking!



The Review was ok. He makes some good points, but I don't believe that its anywhere nearly as reliable as a Honda or other quality scoot. Not nearly.

I'd tell him to put some real miles on that scoot and then report back to us. I'll believe it if I see him put 30,000 miles with only basic maintenance and few troubles on. But who knows? Some guys have with these chinese scooters, and some just end up with a money pit.
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Old 03-06-2011, 08:18 PM   #13
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On the other hand, if gas reaches $5 a gallon and the scooter can go 4 or 5 tankfuls before it explodes, it paid for itself.
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Old 03-07-2011, 12:44 AM   #14
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it's like any bike from 30 years ago. You go over every time you ride. Nice if it keep on keeping on but I would go over it from the bolts on up.
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Old 03-07-2011, 01:07 AM   #15
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Loos good so far.

I guess there is a bit of luck of the draw in these scooters.

Other than that, just keep an eye and hand on it.

Hope you stay a happy customer.
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